KAWASAKI Heavy Industries and Hitachi are forming an alliance to bid for rail business worldwide. The two set up a joint order processing centre in April.

Combining Hitachi’s background in railway systems with KHI’s rolling stock and construction experience, the companies will jointly take orders to develop their rail businesses, in addition to offering maintenance and related services.

KHI said it hoped to expand in other countries, as the Japanese market is not expected to experience much growth. It considers it must be able to offer total railway construction packages to be able to compete in the world market.

Hitachi recently submitted a bid to supplyEMUs to Britain’s Strategic Rail Authority.